Langstone Harbour Board cannot help run the ferry service, meeting is told

THE harbour authority cannot help run the ferry, the meeting heard.

Monday, 25th January 2016, 6:00 am

Questions were raised about why the Langstone Harbour Board cannot dip into some of its reserves to get the ferry going.

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Vice-chairwoman Councillor Jackie Branson said: ‘We can’t run ferries. We are not allowed to. It’s not within our remit.’ She said the average annual cost for maintaining the pontoons was £32,000.

The current licence fee for a ferry service is about £19,500. Questions were raised about the cost as charter fishing boats pay an annual fee of around £164. But Cllr Branson said the ferry was the main user of the pontoons.